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Finding A Path to Decarbonization with Aluminum Extrusions: A Panel Discussion
For well over a decade, architects and developers have focused on reducing the carbon footprint of their projects. Through a combination of highly energy-efficient building systems, site-generated energy, and creative design, net-zero buildings have become not only feasible but also practical.

But net-zero only addresses operational carbon, and the AEC community is now increasingly focused on embodied carbon – the GHG emissions that result from the manufacture, transport, installation, and eventual disposition of the building materials employed in their projects.

Aluminum is regarded as the third most significant source of embodied carbon in construction. While aluminum’s GHG contribution is significantly less than that of concrete and steel, and while aluminum’s unlimited recyclability greatly reduces its full-cycle environmental impact, it is important to understand actions that can be taken to reduce the embodied carbon of aluminum (particularly extrusions).

This panel discussion will assess aluminum extrusions’ impact on GHG – the source and extent of that impact. More importantly it will explore both strategies that can be employed to reduce the embodied carbon of aluminum (particularly extrusions) and the practical challenges of fully realizing those strategies– both relative to embodied carbon and to operational aspects of the building.

Learning Objectives

• Identify the key drivers of embodied carbon in aluminum extrusions
• Assess the impact of design decisions that can affect embodied carbon
• Evaluate the challenges in attaining minimal embodied carbon
• Understand the trade-offs between minimizing embodied carbon and reducing operational carbon in building projects

Dec 9, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Thomas D. Culp, Ph.D.
President @Birch Point Consulting, LLC
Dr. Thomas Culp is the owner of Birch Point Consulting and has spent 22 years in the glass and window industry in the areas of energy efficient glazing and window performance, low-e glass coatings, and building code development. He currently represents AEC, National Glass Association, and Glazing Industry Code Committee on energy and green construction codes.
Chris Devadas
Director of Technology @Hydro Aluminum Metals USA
Chris Devadas is Director of Technology for Hydro Aluminum Metals USA. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the global Aluminum Industry focused on casting and hot forming processes such as extrusion and forging. Currently, Chris is spearheading the sustainability efforts of Hydro Metals in North America and leads the customer technical support programs.
Bennett McEvoy
President @Western Extrusions
Bennett McEvoy is President of Western Extrusions Corp. He has been with Western Extrusions for over 15 years and has held positions in production, customer service, outside sales and marketing. Western Extrusions Corp. is a family-owned company based in Carrollton, TX, which serves the building & construction, transportation, consumer durables, electrical and metal distribution markets.
Patrick Muessig
Vice President of Global Technical Operations @Azon USA, Inc.
Patrick Muessig is Vice President of Global Technical Operations at Azon USA, Inc., a leading, worldwide supplier of thermal barrier chemicals and equipment. He is responsible for ensuring that Azon and its products conform to industry and regulatory standards, while serving as an advocate for energy-efficient aluminum windows, and Azon’s thermal barrier methods.